Himalayan Yin Yoga

WHAT IS HIMALAYAN YIN YOGA?

This is a beautiful meditative practice with generally seated or lying stretches. This practice is exercise for our connective (yin) tissues in the body by settling into long periods of stillness in a stretch to access our fascia and other connective tissues. As our connective tissue has poor elastic characteristics we need to stretch it by holding shapes for a long period of time compared to stretching our muscles. HYY is not restorative yoga but rather an exercise practice for our connective tissue. During this practice Mark will guide you safely through a carefully designed practice based on either one of the 5 elements under the TCM philosophy, the time of day according to each of the bodies organs peak efficiency or generally opening up all 8 major joints of the body.

Whilst HYY is a meditative practice some can experience strong sensations with emotions attached, during or after a practice, which is why attending a class or private practice with Mark can benefit you more than stretching alone.    

HYY is a combination of the Himalayan tradition of Yoga and Yin Yoga.

The Himalayan tradition regards yoga as a meditative practice where we work in a systematic manner with the grosser, more external aspects of our being and then move inwards to more subtle practices which naturally brings us into meditation.

WHAT IS YIN YOGA?

Yin Yoga is a combination of Chinese Medicine and Hatha Yoga. It is a deliberate attempt to combine two ancient systems of medical energetics – Indian Tantric and Chinese Daoist traditions.

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)?

Chinese medicine is an ancient wholistic medical system used over thousands of years throughout South East Asia. It is generally based on the principles of maintain a healthy Qi flow throughout our bodies and living in harmony with nature by balancing the yin and yang energies.

MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS FOR THE WORKPLACE

I also offer corporate meditation classes for the workplace, based on the Himalayan Yin Yoga philosophies. This can be a calming and relaxing practice from 15-30 minutes, implemented at lunch or any desired time of the day. Please contact me to discuss.